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'Please Don't Shoot': Texas Family's 911 Calls Released

Neighbor describes scene outside family home

(Newser) - Police have released the heartbreaking 911 calls placed in the moments before Texas mom Christy Sheats killed her two daughters Friday. In the first of three calls—which are "difficult to listen to," say police—Madison, 17, and Taylor, 22, can be heard pleading with their mom not... More »

'I'm in Orlando, I Did the Shootings': Mateen to 911

Gunman also warned of future attacks in FBI-released partial transcripts of calls on night of shooting

(Newser) - The FBI has released the latest in the Orlando massacre : partial transcripts of 911 calls made by shooter Omar Mateen the night of the attack. Per the Orlando Sentinel , Mateen's first call was with a 911 dispatcher at 2:35am from the bathrooms inside Pulse, where he held hostages.... More »

After Baby Stops Breathing, 'Hey Siri' Comes to Rescue

Aussie mom used voice-activated feature to call ambulance as she performed CPR

(Newser) - An Aussie mom recently penned a heartfelt thank-you note to Apple, and her story of how the company's "Hey Siri" feature helped save her 1-year-old daughter is now making the rounds. Per 9to5mac.com , Stacey Gleeson noticed her daughter, Giana, wasn't breathing back in March, and as... More »

Kid on 911 Call: 'Daddy Went Past a Red Light'

His dad says he was only turning right

(Newser) - Michael Richardson says he was heading to the car wash with his son in Quincy, Mass., on Saturday when he turned right on a red light. "I told him to stop, but he didn't listen," says 6-year-old Robbie, who knows "a red light makes you stop.... More »

Burglary Victim Makes Teen Suspect Call 911 ... on Himself

And on his 2 accomplices

(Newser) - Give a child a punishment and you teach him a lesson for a day; make that child call in his own punishment and he'll likely remember it for a lifetime. That may have been the philosophy guiding an Oregon homeowner who the Coos County Sheriff's Office says found... More »

911 Calls for Baby Mauled by Dog Went Unanswered

San Diego parents called for help twice, but no one picked up on the other end

(Newser) - Police in San Diego say a couple whose 3-day-old baby was mauled to death by the family dog made two unsuccessful 911 calls before getting frustrated and driving the boy to the hospital themselves, the AP reports. Police Lt. Scott Wahl told KNSD-TV Saturday that the parents waited 28 seconds... More »

Woman's 911 Emergency: Half-Hamburger Pizza

Needless to say, dispatcher did not consider it an emergency

(Newser) - It's probably happened to you: You open up your food delivery, hungry and excited to chow down, only to find out you were given the wrong order. But a Connecticut woman took things a bit farther than most of us would with her response: She called 911, Fox 61... More »

Toddler Called 911 Because She Couldn't Get Pants On

Who needs grandpa when police can help you get dressed?

(Newser) - When you're 2 years old, getting stuck in a pair of pants seems like an emergency—which explains one needless yet adorable 911 call in Greenville, SC, on Wednesday. Police received a report of a 911 call in which a child could be heard babbling on the other end... More »

Boy, 5, Calmly Reports Parents' Murders to 911

Chattanooga police say murders may be gang-related

(Newser) - "My mama and my daddy got shot … They dead." That's how a 5-year-old boy describes the murder of his parents in Chattanooga, Tenn., in a 911 call released Tuesday. Over nearly eight minutes, the boy tells a dispatcher he witnessed the deaths of Lakita Hicks, 25,... More »

911 Dispatcher Shoots Daughter by Mistake

Police say Fla. woman thought there was an intruder

(Newser) - A 911 dispatcher who reached for a gun instead of a phone when she thought there was an intruder in her home shot her own daughter dead, according to police in St. Cloud, Fla. Police say that in what they're treating as an accidental shooting, the 27-year-old daughter was... More »

911 Dispatcher Pretends to Be Victim's Boyfriend

He 'might have saved her life,' officer says

(Newser) - A Georgia woman was assaulted early Monday, and the alleged attacker told her to call her boyfriend to make him listen—but instead, the woman called 911. Deonte Smith, the dispatcher who answered, noticed that the woman was pretending to be talking to her boyfriend, so he played along. It... More »

Cops: Serial 911 Abuser Called to Report Lost Phone

Connecticut woman is accused of calling 911 at least 76 times since March

(Newser) - Calling 911 is reserved for emergencies only, a fact that a Connecticut woman is accused of blatantly ignoring. Michelle Davis, 43, was arrested after two calls made in October: one on Oct. 3 in which she complained about not being able to find her cellphone (and in which she was... More »

Here's Yet Another Thing You Shouldn't Call 911 About

Annoying roommates: not 911-worthy

(Newser) - Add this to the long list of things that do not warrant a 911 call: an annoying roommate. Junes Rose Gines, 20, of West Palm Beach, was arrested last week after calling 911 three times in quick succession to say that she wanted her roommate arrested for "bothering her"... More »

Desperate Burglar Stuck in Elevator Calls 911: Cops

But not before he got to joyride on a middle-school buffing machine, police say

(Newser) - Thousands of students are entering middle school this week, but one teen apparently entered a Delaware middle school a little too soon, and illegally, the AP reports. Cops say Michael Claude, 19, broke into Laurel Middle School yesterday and told them he took a Labor Day joyride through the halls... More »

911 Dispatcher Hangs Up on Caller as Teen Is Dying

'I’m not gonna deal with this, OK?'

(Newser) - "OK, you know what ma'am, you could deal with it yourself. I’m not gonna deal with this, OK?" That's what a firefighter in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was recorded telling a 911 caller after a 17-year-old was shot at a party. The exchange involved Albuquerque Fire Department... More »

Cops: Guy Faked Chest Pains to Get Air Conditioner Fixed

It was his 63rd bogus 911 call

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania man who thought paramedics would be willing and able to repair his air conditioner when his medical emergency turned out to be fake has been charged with obstructing emergency services, police say. According to a police report obtained by the Smoking Gun , Travis Turner, believed to be 26... More »

Another Example of When You Shouldn't Call 911

To complain about your Chinese food

(Newser) - It's another important public reminder about the 911 system: Calling to complain about your Chinese food is not an acceptable use of it. A woman in Alliance, Ohio, found that out when she phoned in from a local Chinese restaurant to gripe about the quality of her food and... More »

Detroit EMT Allegedly Refused to Help Dying Baby

Ann Marie Thomas was fired on Wednesday

(Newser) - A Detroit EMT has lost her job; a Detroit mother has lost something infinitely more precious. Detroit Police Commissioner Edsel Jenkins on Wednesday announced that Ann Marie Thomas was fired after allegedly refusing to respond to a call made by a mother whose 8-month-old girl had stopped breathing. The child,... More »

Ailing Vet Calls 911 for Food, Gets 'Miracle'

Clarence Blackmon's story resonated with the dispatcher

(Newser) - Clarence Blackmon, an 81-year-old Army veteran, returned to his North Carolina apartment after battling prostate cancer to find his cupboards bare and his stomach rumbling. "The grocery store wouldn't deliver without a deposit and I couldn't make it there," he tells the Huffington Post . So he... More »

Partygoers Busted After One Butt-Dials 911

Whoops

(Newser) - Today's entry in the annals of " When Butt-Dials Go Wrong ": A Wisconsin teen's cellphone dialed 911 accidentally, and when police responded at 3:49am yesterday, they found an "underage drinking party" going on at a house in Rothschild, the Wausau Daily Herald reports. Five women... More »

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